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The World In Four Years is an original unpublished novel based on the life of 14-year-old Mackenzie "Kenzie" Daavettila who is a freshman at Sirencester High School located in Sirencester, Pennsylvania, a fairly rural area and town of 5,000.Kenzie is an average teenager who wants to get over all the rumors that surrounded her in junior high, but a couple people, namely Ricky Pembrook, won't let her forget. Her friends, Torie Cagliostrio and Dahlia Fenceroy, betray her in favor of Torie's abusive relationship with older star football player, delinquent, and overall certified bad boy Levi Khangura. Kenzie slowly loses herself in a crazy freshmen year when she realizes how messed-up people can really be.

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  • Band Geek: Kenzie, Torie, and Dahlia are all in concert band.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Daavettilas.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Subverted. Kenzie and Noel were childhood friends, and Kenzie fell in love with him, but Noel didn't like her back.
  • Delinquents: Levi Khangura.
  • Dysfunction Junction: The Daavettilas. Also, everybody is much too screwed up for a bunch of 14-year-olds.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: Kenzie is constantly hearing about some new sex scandal at SHS and she herself talks about feeling pressured to be promiscuous to be popular.
  • Everytown, America: Sirencester.
  • High School: Most of the characters are in the 9th grade and most of the events take place at Sirencester High School.
  • Jerk Jock: Ricky and Levi.
  • Junior High: Although no events take place before the 9th grade, all backstory is rooted in middle school.
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  • Manipulative Bastard: Basically everyone in Sirencester. Kenzie becomes this, Torie and Dahlia are this because they want to get rid of Kenzie, Ricky is this because Kenzie's existence as a walking reminder of his horribleness is a threat to his popularity. The Daavettillas are this due to their obsession with the nuclear family in that they would do whatever they had to do - to anyone, including their own daughters Kenzie and Carrie, to look good. Levi is this in his emotionally abusive relationship with Torie- should I just stop, now?
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: Sirencester. Discussed by Kenzie, who is so bored of her beginning of high school and wishes something would happen. Then it does.
  • Obsessively Normal: Sirencester develops into this.
  • Suburbia: Somewhat. While Sirencester isn't a sidewalk-plagued small town of duplicate homes and obsessively normal families, it's not exactly a farmland. The suburban elements are there, as is the obsessive normalness of the suburbs which deeply affects everyone, but especially Kenzie's family. As the story goes on, Sirencester develops more into an overly perfect suburbia where everyone is virtually a stereotype.
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